IPL 2022 LIVE: The big story of IPL 2022 has been the rise of Umran Malik. SRH endured their worst IPL season last year but still backed the lad from Jammu & Kashmir for his sheer raw pace. Malik played 3 games last year and picked an equal number of wickets. However, Malik’s stocks continued to rise game after game this season. Find all IPL teams and IPL 2022 match predictions here on our site.

In the first four matches of the season, the SRH speedster picked up 3 wickets at an economy rate of 9.73. But in the last four IPL innings, Malik has 12 scalps under his kitty at an economy rate of just under 5.81. Owing to the same, he has taken a huge leap and jumped to third place on the list of highest wicket-takers this season.

Umran Malik is the talk of the town following his performance in the fifteenth edition of IPL. Malik had a grandstand finish in the last game against Gujarat Titans (GT). The 22-year-old wreaked havoc with his maiden five-for to give the Titans a huge scare. Malik was throwing rockets into the stumps at 152-153 kph and that is a rare sight. Out of his five wickets, four were clean bowled, which is the joint highest wickets through bowled in an IPL inning.

His development in the recent two weeks have given the BCCI selection committee a new headache. Reports are rife that Malik will be on the plane to England for one of the Test and limited-overs matches. The BCCI wants to give Malik enough game time before the T20 World Cup.

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IPL 2022 LIVE: “The more you bowl the slower you become,” Daniel Vettori sounds a warning to Malik

IPL 2022 LIVE: Daniel Vettori Wants SRH Speedster Umran Malik to Control the Temptation of Bowling Regularly
IPL 2022 LIVE: Daniel Vettori Wants SRH Speedster Umran Malik to Control the Temptation of Bowling Regularly

Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori, on the other hand, advised caution to BCCI in managing Malik’s workload.

“This is a gem here and it’s just how it’s looked after in the next couple of years for Indian cricket and how to get the best out of him,” 

said the former RCB skipper in conversation with Cricinfo

“Potentially, it might be the best thing for him coming under the umbrella of the BCCI or the NCA, and they can manage his workloads, because there is a temptation for a player of his pace to keep bowling. I am reflecting on my conversation with Shane Bond and the fact that he thought the more you bowled, the slower you got,” 

said Vettori
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Malik is an X-factor for any team, reckons Vettori

IPL 2022 LIVE: Vettori further elaborated that people are seeing someone consistently clocking the 150 kmph mark after a very long time and that excites all.

“We don’t often see bowlers get around 153-154 mark. That’s exceptional pace, that’s a rarity that we haven’t seen I suppose consistently since the likes of (Brett) Lee, Shoaib Akhtar or Shaun Tait. So, to see that is a huge part of the game now. You can see the excitement factor, brings a bit of X-factor,”

he added

Malik uprooted the well set Wriddhiman Saha with a pinpoint yorker at 152 Kmph and came back to dismantle the stumps of David Miller and Abhinav Manohar in his last over to bag the five-wicket haul. However, Rashid Khan and Rahul pulled off a heist in the final over with four sixes to clinch the game. His match figures of 5/25 were the best for a bowler in a losing cause. SRH will lock horns with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their next encounter on Sunday, May 1 and we can expect another fiery spell from the rising sensation.

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